Contents: Mitchell S. McKinney/Lynda Lee Kaid/Dianne G. Bystrom: The Role of Communication in Civic Engagement – Michael X.
Delli Carpini: An Overview of the State of Citizens’ Knowledge About Politics – Trevor Parry-Giles/Shawn J. Parry-Giles: An
Optimistic Reassessment of Political Communication in the United States – Bey-Ling Sha/La Verne V. Collins: Communicating
the Importance of Civic Participation in Census 2000: «How America Knows What America Needs» – Chester J. Culver: How Government
Can Enhance Civic Engagement: A Perspective from the State – Curtis Gans: Reflections on Civic Engagement I. Low Voter Turnout
and the Decline of American Civic Participation – Ellen Shearer: Reflections on Civic Engagement II. Nonvoters: Who Are America’s
No-Shows? – David L. Paletz: Communicating Politics Through the Media: What’s Wrong and How Can We Fix It? – Erik P. Bucy:
The Media Participation Hypothesis – Dianne G. Bystrom: Media Content and Candidate Viability: The Case of Elizabeth Dole
– Stephanie Greco Larson: Public Voices on Network News: Broadening the Discussion – L. Patrick Devlin: Advertising Messages:
Direct Candidate to Voter Communication in the 2000 Presidential Primaries – Lynda Lee Kaid/Ben Keener/Mike Chanslor: Visual
Manipulations in Political Spot Ads in the 2000 Presidential Primaries: A Source of Voter Alienation? – Suzanne Larson/Patricia
Paystrup: The Internet and Democracy: John McCain’s New Approach to Politicking – James E. Tomlinson: Campaigning in Cyberspace:
Lessons for Political Communication in the «Net» Century – Anne Hildreth/Leah A. Murray/J. Cherie Strachan: The Limitations
of E-Democracy – Mitchell S. McKinney: Engaging Citizens Through Presidential Debates: Does the Format Matter? – Diana B.
Carlin: Debate Watch: Creating a Public Sphere for the Unheard Voices – Sander Vanocur: Reflections on Presidential Debates
I. A Presidential Debates Retrospective – Edward M. Fouhy: Reflections on Presidential Debates II. Presidential Debates Help
Voters Find the Information They Need, When They Need It – Marilyn S. Roberts/Guy Golan: Issues, Inclusion, and Illusion:
The 2000 Republican National Convention Reaches Out – Amy B. Caiazza: Making Politics Responsive to Women: Gender, Policy,
and Political Participation – Mary Christine Banwart: Engaging the Gap: Exploring the Gender Gap and Its Influence on the
2000 Presidential Election – Ann E. Burnette: Courting Women Voters: Candidate Message Strategies and the Gender Gap – Arla
Bernstein: Political Interest and Media Use: Analyzing the Youth Vote – Julia A. Spiker: Engaging the Disengaged: Understanding
Young Citizens’ Political Malaise.